Abolitionism and the Civil War in Southwestern Illinois

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Southwestern Illinois played a fierce and pivotal role in the national drama of a house divided against itself. St. Clair County sheltered Brooklyn, founded by freed and fugitive slaves and a vital link on the Underground Railroad. Alton was the home of Elijah Lovejoy, gunned down defending his press from an anti-abolitionist mob, as well as Lyman Trumbull, who wrote the Thirteenth Amendment. After the outbreak of war, Alton's prison was packed with thousands of Confederate captives, a smallpox epidemic and the cross-dressing double agent Mary Anne Pitman. John J. Dunphy continues the story of the Civil War and abolitionism beyond the Emancipation Proclamation and Appomattox, seeking out the enduring legacy those struggles left in his corner of Illinois.
ISBN: 9781609493288
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Illinois
Series: Civil War
Images: 37
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Born in Alton, Illinois, and now residing in the village of Godfrey, John J. Dunphy is a summa cum laude graduate of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and attended that university's graduate school on an academic fellowship. He is a member of the SIUE School of Education's Academy of Fellows and also serves on the Executive Advisory Board of the SIUE School of Education. Dunphy has written hundreds of articles for magazines and newspapers. His books include Lewis and Clark's Illinois Volunteers, It Happened at the River Bend, Dark Nebulae and From Christmas to Twelfth Night in Southern Illinois, which was published by The History Press in 2010. He taught writing at Lewis and Clark Community College for almost a decade and owns the Second Reading Book Shop in Alton, Illinois. Visit him in cyberspace at www.johndunphy.com and www.secondreadingbookshop.com.
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